The simplest definition of sustainable development is that it “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” and at GigaCrete we do just that.
GigaCrete’s materials are revolutionary – offering contractors and project owners new opportunities to build strong, build forward – and build green. GigaCrete’s products offer no VOC emissions, are fire resistant, mildew/mold/insect resistant and reduced CO2 emissions. While our products achieve extreme building performance, they are also sustainable, healthy and environmentally sensitive. GigaCrete’s process integrates environmental considerations into product and process engineering procedures, sometimes called Design for the Environment (DfE).
In the United States, the production and manufacture of building components, and the construction process itself, involves the extraction and movement of 6 billion tons of basic materials annually. The construction industry consumes 40% of extracted materials domestically and some estimates suggest that as much as 90% of all materials ever extracted reside in today’s buildings and infrastructure. And construction waste is generated at the rate of 0.5 tons per person each year in the U.S., or about 5 to 10 pounds per square foot of new construction. Most of today’s building materials and practices are simply not sustainable.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) commercial green building rating systems have vastly accelerated ‘green’ growth in the commercial market. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, there is now more than 1 billion square feet of registered LEED construction in progress. And, new LEED rating systems for residential homes and schools are now being implemented. The LEED systems, combined with new advocacy from the National Association of Homebuilders and other construction rating systems, will push the market for sustainable ‘green’ construction even further ahead.